Michael Crane Memorial Arts Education Grants

 
What this fund supports: 
This fund provides money for materials, visiting artist/musician stipends, equipment and other supplies supporting education in the visual and performing arts. Applications are awarded depending on the availability of funds. 
 
Deadlines: 
Arts education grants are considered every month during the school year. Submit by the 1st of the month to be considered that month. Notification is usually within 3 weeks of application.
 
Step 1: Inquiry
Every D.E.F. grant begins with an inquiry to D.E.F. to discuss whether your idea/program is a fit with D.E.F. priorities. Review the Michael Crane Memorial Arts Education Grants Criteria, then contact D.E.F. at 970-385-1491 9RFoundation@gmail.com. D.E.F. will not consider a grant request without a preliminary inquiry.
 
Step 2: Documents
A. D.E.F. application cover sheet. 
NOTE: Help us identify your grant by giving it a unique name that describes your program, project or need. Rather than a generic "DEF Grant," please be specific. Examples: "Yearbook Cameras," "Visiting Artist," "Noteflight License." This is especially important when you are applying for more than one grant within 1 school year.
 
B. Narrative: Explain your request in 1 page maximum.
Include rationale, supporting research or anecdotal evidence if applicable, number and grade level(s) of students served, desired/expected outcome, and any collaborative efforts. Include information about alternative funding sources, if D.E.F. does not fund the entire request.
 
C. Budget: Include all costs to complete the grant.
Include written quotations for items costing more than $300. Include other revenue sources, with amounts and status (i.e. funded, applied for, etc.).
 
D. Other documents: If other documents are required for 9-R district review, please provide those as well.
 
Step 3: Submit your grant.
 
Durango 9-R applicants submit grants through the 9-R portal at http://finance.durangoschools.org/grants-gifts-and-donations. This will ensure that all departments are aware of and prepared to support the requirements of the grant. Follow the instructions from Durango 9-R about discussing budget needs ahead of submittal with 9-R Finance Department. Contact Marty Kay Hutton with questions about accessing this portal: 970-247-5411, ext. 1429.
 
Applicants from outside of Durango 9-R: Submit directly to DEF either electronically or on paper. DEF will submit the application through the 9-R portal if that is necessary. Use of a 9-R facility or incorporation in a 9-R program will require evidence of building supervisor’s approval.
 
Step 4: Confirm with us that you've sent it! 
Sometimes the best plans... and technology... can go awry, and we don't receive notification that grants have been entered into the 9-R system. Please let us know directly at 9RFoundation@gmail.com that you have submitted a grant, whether it's through the 9-R portal or directly to DEF.
 
Good luck! We look forward to working with you.